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WATCH: Jason Bateman Waxes Filthy in Directorial Debut 'Bad Words,' Headed for SXSW

Among the feature film lineup at this year's SXSW is "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman's directorial debut "Bad Words." The movie stars Bateman, Rohan Chand, Alison Janney, Kathryn Hahn and Phillip Baker Hall. In the first clip (below), Bateman's character defines the word "autofellatio" for a ten-year-old spelling bee champ hopeful.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 30, 2014 4:12 PM
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SXSW 2014 Unveils Feature Film Lineup: Full List of 115 Titles Playing the Fest

With Sundance now wrapped, South by Southwest is the next major American festival on the horizon. SXSW 2014 has unveiled its features lineup for this year’s fest, running March 7 – 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the full list, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 30, 2014 2:58 PM
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SXSW 2014 to Premiere Jon Favreau's 'Chef' as Fest Opener, Kickstarted 'Veronica Mars' Feature and More

South by Southwest has unveiled its 2014 opening night film: Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” set to kick off the fest on March 7, 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2014 2:58 PM
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'Loves Her Gun' Star Trieste Kelly Dunn Talks Improv, Road-Tripping and Directors

Geoff Marslet's "Loves Her Gun" was a talking point out of last year's SXSW, not only because it centers around violence and gun control, but because the improvised dialogue makes for a naturalistic portrait of a woman's progression from victim to aggressor. She's well-played by Trieste Kelly Dunn, who broke out in SXSW 2010's "Cold Weather" and went on to star in Cinemax's "Banshee." The story starts off with a random act of violence in NYC before a road-trek to Austin, Texas, where the majority of the drama unfolds, complete with hipster band, mustache and river tubing with beer.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 8, 2014 11:42 AM
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RIP Paul Walker, Who Was Two Weeks Away from Sharing with Audiences the Finest Performance of His Career (TRAILER)

Chalk it up as a tragic irony of an untimely demise: At the time he was killed Saturday in a Los Angeles auto mishap at the ridiculously young age of 40, Paul Walker was less than two weeks away from seeing how movie audiences and VOD viewers would respond to what arguably was the finest performance of his career up to that point, as a desperate father who triumphs over death.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • December 1, 2013 1:57 PM
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SXSW 2014 Announces Lena Dunham, Producer Jason Blum and More as All-New Keynote Speakers; Plus, First Round of Panels

SXSW revealed today that daily Keynote sessions, offered for the first time, will feature filmmakers Lena Dunham (HBO’s “Girls”), Jason Blum (producer of “Insidious,” “Purge and “Paranormal Activity” franchises) and Casey Neistat (HBO’s “The Neistat Brothers”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 12:00 PM
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SXSW Launches SXsports, Interactive and Film Event Featuring ESPN's Bill Simmons, Nate Silver and More

SXSW has announced SXsports, which will launch at the 2014 fest. This curated, sports-focused track will be open to all Interactive and Film registrants, and take place March 7-9, 2014, in Austin. Featured speakers include Peter Guber, Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media, and Grantland’s Bill Simmons in conversation with Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, along with a handful of panels.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 1, 2013 3:00 PM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Exclusive Video Interview with David Lowery UPDATE

Writer-director David Lowery has been putting in his 10,000 hours over the past few years, working as an editor and cinematographer on many of his friends' micro-budget projects, as part of the growing multi-tasking barter indie culture. He's helped many of the geographically disparate friends he's met on the festival circuit with their films; he edited with director Shane Carruth the much-talked-about "Upstream Color." SXSW has championed the Texas filmmaker, playing his shorts and features; "Saint Nick" showed promise on a meager $12,000 budget.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2013 3:20 PM
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LAFF: Destin Cretton Talks SXSW Grand Jury Winner 'Short Term 12,' Immaturity and the Mystery of Indie Film's Future (TRAILER)

Destin Daniel Cretton talks his "Short Term 12," from Sundance winning short to SXSW Grand Jury prize-winning feature...
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  • June 16, 2013 1:11 AM
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Beatles Documentary 'Good ol' Freda' Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures has snagged North American distribution rights to Ryan White's "Good ol' Freda," a documentary that tells the unsung story of Freda Kelly, The Beatles' secretary. Magnolia plans to release the film theatrically later this year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 2:44 PM
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